NFL U-25 rankings: risers and fallers

Panthers', Texans' U-25 talent has improved; Tampa Bay's? Not so much

Originally Published: January 25, 2012
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders

Last offseason, we did our yearly under-25 organizational rankings piece and named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the best young team in football. Unfortunately, the Bucs didn't live up to that ranking in the slightest on either side of the ball. Injuries were a factor, especially on defense after Gerald McCoy went down with a torn biceps. Before that injury, Tampa Bay had given up only a 20 percent or higher DVOA on defense in two of their eight games. Once McCoy was lost for the season, they allowed it in five of their final eight.